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Ga. jazz musician Ben Tucker killed in car crash

Tuesday - 6/4/2013, 6:53pm  ET

In an April 1, 2010 photo Ben Tucker performs for his 80th Birthday Celebration at the Charles H. Morris Center in Savannah Ga. during the Savannah Music Festival. Tucker, a Savannah jazz legend, died Tuesday June 4, 2013 on Hutchinson Island when the golf cart he was in was struck by a car. (AP Photo/The Morning News, Richard Burkhart) THE EXAMINER.COM OUT; SFEXAMINER.COM OUT; WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM OUT

RUSS BYNUM
Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) -- Police say a Savannah jazz musician who played with some of the biggest names in the business has been killed in car accident.

Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan police spokesman Julian Miller says 82-year-old Ben Tucker was killed Tuesday morning when the golf cart he was riding in was hit by a car on Hutchinson Island.

Tucker performed with stars from Quincy Jones to Peggy Lee before he settled in the 1970s in Savannah. The Savannah Morning News reported he was also a former owner of WSOK-AM and WLVH-FM.

Miller says 52-year-old Robert William Martin of Spicewood, Texas, is charged with racing, vehicular homicide and reckless driving.

It's unclear if Martin has been booked into the county jail or has an attorney. The crash remains under investigation.


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